You will likely experience immediate redness, swelling and bruising. Whitening of the treated area also commonly occurs and may last for several minutes or for several hours.
Many clients then develop blisters, crusts, or scabs within 12-72 hours, which may last for 1-2 weeks or more. The treated areas may be pink or pale after the scab separates. Loss of skin pigment is common, though usually temporary. Healing is usually complete by 6-8 weeks.
- At the completion of your treatment the area will be dressed with an antibiotic ointment and a gauze dressing. This should be left in place (or replaced with a fresh one) until the next day.
- Apply cool compresses throughout the day of your treatment to help reduce discomfort and inflammation. You may take plain Panadol, but avoid aspirin (it can increase the risk of bruising and/or bleeding.)
- Gentle exercise is permitted following treatment, but avoid friction over the treated area. Shaving should be avoided over the treated area until healing is complete.
- Do not apply makeup or skin care products unless recommended by our office for 48 hours.
- Gently cleanse twice a day using soap and water and keep the treated area moist by applying Vaseline or pawpaw ointment up to 3 times a day.
- Blisters may form, particularly following your initial treatments. Avoid rupturing them if possible and allow them to resorb or drain spontaneously. Continue to clean and keep moist with Vaseline until all crusting has settled.
- Crusting and/or oozing from the treated area is not unusual, especially following your early treatments. Continue to apply Vaseline or antibiotic ointment after cleansing and to cover with a bandage to help the ointment keep the treated area moist. Keep the treated area moist 24 hours a day until any crusting is gone.
- If you have ever developed a thickened scar or a keloid, or simply want to assist healing, purchase a silicone gel such as Kelocote from the chemist and apply twice a day between treatments.
- If you develop dry crusting or a scab, DO NO’T pick at it as this may cause scaring. Assist it to heal in its own time by keeping it moist with Vaseline or antibiotic ointment.
- If no crusting or blistering occurs you may remove the bandage the morning after the treatment.
- The treated area may feel slightly sunburned for a couple of days and cold packs can be applied as needed for comfort.
- The treated area may remain red and swollen for 1-2 or more weeks.
- Itching may develop as healing progresses. If applications of Vaseline don’t soothe the itch, apply 1% hydrocortisone ointment. (Available over the counter at your chemist.)
- If the area looks infected (honey coloured crusting and oozing or spreading redness), or if you experience any unusual discomfort or bleeding, or if any other complications develop, or if you have any questions or concerns, contact the office immediately on 95526277.
- Apply an SPF 50 sunscreen and cover the area each day between treatments.
- If you develop redness in the treated areas or stop seeing improvement in the fading of the tattoo, extend the interval between treatments to 12 weeks. Your immune system may simply need more time to play its part in your progress.